Vikings Work Out Veteran QB Amid Position Uncertainty.

Vikings Work Out Veteran QB Amid Position Uncertainty.

 

 

The Minnesota Vikings are likely to acquire a new quarterback, according to all indications.

The most recent sign that Minnesota intends to strengthen the position group was a report from ESPN’s Field Yates on Tuesday, October 10, stating that the team worked out with a seasoned NFL veteran and journeyman QB.

Yates wrote on X, “The Vikings worked out a group of 8 players today, most notably veteran quarterback Colt McCoy.

NFL backup quarterback Colt McCoy, a veteran with multiple teams.

Colt McCoy, a former quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, tries to complete a pass during a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.

After several successful seasons at the University of Texas, McCoy was chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, beginning his professional career.

Over the course of his first two seasons, the Browns gave McCoy a chance to be their starting quarterback, and the quarterback finished with a 6-15 record.
Before trading McCoy to the San Francisco 49ers the following year, Cleveland demoted McCoy to the backup position in 2012.

McCoy never again started as a regular for the NFL, but he kept appearing on rosters as the quarterback number two. He spent time with the Washington Commanders for five years, the New York Giants for one year, and the Arizona Cardinals for two years.
He only missed one regular-season NFL game in 2016 though.

 

As a starter, McCoy has a career record of 11–25.
According to Pro Football Reference, in 1,220 career attempts, he has completed 62.6% of his passes for 7,975 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 32 interceptions.

Colt McCoy may need to take Nick Mullens’ place for the Vikings.

GettyMinnesota Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens raises his hand during a preseason matchup with the Tennessee Titans in August 2023.

Kirk Cousins won’t be replaced as the starting quarterback by McCoy if the Vikings sign him, at least not just yet.

 

The decision-makers in Minnesota said Monday that depending on how Nick Mullens’s health develops, another roster move at the backup quarterback position may be required as a result of his back injury.

Tuesday on X, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reported that “the Vikings released former Gophers QB Tanner Morgan from their practice squad.”.
“With Nick Mullens dealing with a back injury, the Vikings brought in Morgan last week; [head coach] Kevin O’Connell said yesterday that if Mullens is sidelined for an extended period of time, the team may consider a roster move at quarterback.

Jaren Hall, a fifth-round draft pick, is the third quarterback on the Vikings’ roster.
A backup role that would require Hall to start if Cousins were to get hurt or join another team, as would be the case if McCoy had not been added, would suggest that Hall is not yet ready for that responsibility.

Prior to the NFL’s October 31 trade deadline, there haven’t been any credible rumors that Minnesota is shopping Cousins, but the likelihood grows stronger and more logical by the day.

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings 27-20 last weekend, and the game was marred by questionable officiating.
The Vikings are now 1-4.
Justin Jefferson, an All-Pro wide receiver, strained his right hamstring in the second half of that defeat and will also go on the injured reserve list (IR).

Cousins is currently in the final year of his contract, so trading the quarterback for a valuable draft pick in 2024 makes a lot of sense with Jefferson now out for at least four games. If that occurs, McCoy is better equipped than Hall or an injured Mullens to give the Vikings a respectable on-field performance to finish the season.

 

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